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2009 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2009 Toyota Tacoma. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2009 Toyota Tacoma would be higher. At 2,701 cc (4 cylinders), 2009 Toyota Tacoma is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 25 more horse power than 2009 Toyota Tacoma. (157 HP @ 6200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2009 Toyota Tacoma. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 666 kg more than 2009 Toyota Tacoma. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2009 Toyota Tacoma is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2009 Toyota Tacoma. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 53 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Toyota Tacoma. (180 Nm @ 3800 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Toyota Tacoma. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2009 Toyota Tacoma has manual transmission. 2009 Toyota Tacoma will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Buick LaCrosse will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Toyota Tacoma 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Toyota Buick
Model Tacoma LaCrosse
Year Released 2009 2012
Body Type Pickup Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2701 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 157 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 6200 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 180 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3800 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 3 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1074 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 5290 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1900 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1780 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 3240 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 10.8 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 14 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 79 L 59 L


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